Living a Good and Righteous Life Before the Lord
by Ed Arcton
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1 that as we start approaching the end times, that the love of many will grow cold and that lawlessness and immorality will start to abound. It also says in this verse that men will become lovers of self and money, along with becoming unholy, blasphemers, unloving, unthankful, disobedient to parents, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, traitors, headstrong and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
As bad as the moral state of man is right now, believe it or not, it is going to get a lot worse in the coming years according to the above verse.
When it comes to the real big picture with our Lord, the age old question is simply why – why did Satan and one third of the angels have to choose with their own free wills to go against God and His holy and righteous ways?
Why couldn’t they just do the right thing and stay loyal to the Lord and choose to live good and righteous lives before Him?
And then when God decides to create a second race of beings, the human race, again, why couldn’t Adam and Eve have chosen with their own free wills to obey one simple little command from the Lord to stay off one forbidden tree?
And then when they couldn’t pass their one simple little test, and then the rest of the human race is created and born into a now fallen and cursed world, we now once again still have the same old problem. Again, why does a certain percentage of the human race still have to choose with their own free wills to go against God and all of His holy and righteous ways just like one third of the angels managed to do?
As you will see in the verses I will list below, God has written His basic laws into the heart of every created being.
We all know basic right from basic wrong, and yet so many of us still choose to this day with our own free wills to do the wrong thing at certain times, with some of the more evil people in this life doing some really bad and evil things that a normal person would never consider doing like robbing, raping, killing, kidnapping and torturing.
There is not a day that goes by that we do not see some kind of extreme evil being committed on some kind of a regular basis across the entire world.
With all the advancements in technology, and with the world now becoming a much more smaller and closer space due to how inter-connected we all now are, many still have not learned from the history lessons of our past, and we still have many people who are out there acting out on their evil and fleshly impulses with no regard as to who they hurt, kill, or destroy. Some people are as primal now as they were 5000 years ago.
- Many people who have had some type of evil crime committed against either them or one of their close loved ones have always asked themselves why when it happens to one of them?
- How can some people commit such horrible and evil acts on another fellow human being?
- Why can’t we just all live in peace and harmony with one another?
And not only can man not get along with his fellow man, but we also have nations always wanting to stir up trouble with other nations, as the Bible tells us that as we approach the end times, that there will be wars and rumors of wars, and that nations will be going against other nations and that kingdoms will be going against other kingdoms.
When you step back and look at the real big picture, it is just heart-breaking to see all of this kind of carnage play itself out every single day across much of the world.
And again, why can’t most of the human race just get it right with the Lord and learn how to follow His holy and righteous ways so we can all learn how to live in peace and harmony with one another?
God has given all of us a free will, and we all have the ability to choose between the good and righteous side of this life or the evil and dark side of this life.
Even though we still have demons who are still roaming in the air trying to get us to do their evil bidding, God will still hold all of us personally accountable for any kind of bad and evil acts we will end up committing in this life.
For most of us, the excuse that “the devil made me do it” will not be washing with the Lord once we die and cross over and meet Him head on for all of our own personal judgments.
As we have said before in many of the articles in our Spiritual Warfare section, for the most part, demons cannot make you do anything against your own free will, as God will not let them violate that space that you have within your own being.
All demons can try and do is persuade you and tempt you to do evil things.
But the choice will always remain up to each one of us as to whether or not we will fall for their evil suggestions. Just because a demon plants a thought and a desire in your head to go out and kill someone does not mean you have to actually try and do it.
Unless you are mentally ill to any serious degree, God will watch your response to these demons just like He did with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – and He will then hold you personally accountable if you decide to act out on any of their evil suggestions.
If you decide to act out on any evil thoughts or desires that are playing in your mind, your day of judgment will eventually come before the Lord, and you will then have to pay the full price for your sins if you do not get saved and get those sins fully forgiven by the blood of Jesus before you die and cross over.
Even the apostle Paul, who I believe was the greatest of all of the New Testament apostles, had a problem in controlling his flesh and dark side. Here is the verse straight from this man’s mouth on he himself having some problems controlling some of his own thoughts and actions. This statement is a classic statement on the sin nature that we all have in us.
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” (Romans 7:15)
In other words, Paul is finding out like the rest of us that we all end up doing things in this life that we know we should not be doing. We can all witness to this classic statement, as we all have problems from time to time in doing things that we know that are not right in the eyes of God.
As we have said before, no man, no woman, and no angel is ever going to become the 4th person of the Divine Trinity. Only God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are completely and totally perfect in Their divine personalities. They are completely and totally perfect all the way down the line in every single one of Their personality qualities.
However, this now leaves God with a bit of a dilemma. This means that every single being that He will ever create is not going to be perfect like He is and they will now be capable of malfunctioning to the dark side.
With one third of the angels malfunctioning to the dark side, and a good percentage of the human race now doing the exact same thing, there is simply no other conclusion that we can come to.
We are simply all fallen and sinful creatures and only the blood of Jesus Christ can make us righteous and clean enough before God the Father to get us into heaven, as the Bible tells us that all men and women have sinned and fallen way short of the glory of God.
As you will see in the one of the verses I will list below, we are actually born into this world through our mother’s womb in sin and iniquity. In other words, we are all born doomed and damned right off the bat unless we receive and accept the free redemptive pardon that Jesus Christ is offering to each one of us through His sacrificial death on the cross.
Again, here are 7 very good verses showing us that we have all been born into this world as sinners in the eyes of God – but if we accept what Jesus Christ has done for all of us on the cross, then His very own righteousness can then be imputed upon all of us where God the Father will then take us back and grant us entrance into heaven once we die and cross over.
The first verse I will list below will perfectly spell this out for us. The rest of the verses will then show us how we have all been born into this world as sinners, and that there is absolutely no one in this world who is truly righteous and holy before the eyes of God the Father.
- “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5)
- As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one …” (Romans 3:10)
- “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God …” (Romans 3:23)
- “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
- “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned …” (Romans 5:12)
- “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind.” (Isaiah 64:6)
Once you really think about and meditate on these specific verses, it just blows the human mind to think that God the Father would allow the very own righteousness of His Son Jesus to be imputed upon us so we can all be made righteous enough before Him to be able to cross over into heaven when we die and cross over – especially when we ourselves have done absolutely nothing to be able to earn or achieve any of this on our own.
This is all simply a free and holy gift that is being given to us by the Lord.
The last verse above says that even if we did try to be as good and as perfect as we possibly could before the Lord, that all of our good works would be nothing but as filthy rags before Him because we simply do not have the ability within our own natural makeups to attain His state of perfection and holiness.
If we are really honest with ourselves, we can all see how we are really sinners before a holy and righteous God, and that no matter how hard we try, there is simply no way we can ever achieve any state of true perfect holiness that would be pleasing enough to God. And again, the apostle Paul in the above verse perfectly sums up that reality even for himself.
However, as Christians, we now have something that the unbeliever does not have on himself.
Not only are we born again with the Holy Spirit, who is now residing in our human spirits, but we are now also clothed with the very righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, which will now be good enough to grant us entrance into heaven once we die and cross over.
However, there is now one more thing each Christian must get a real grip on after they have fully realized this astounding fact and revelation.
Even though we are now all fully clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, and we have now been given a free ticket to heaven once we die and cross over, this does not mean that we can try and abuse or take advantage of this grace and righteousness that we now have upon us from the Lord.
We still have to make every concerted effort on our end to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord.
This new found righteousness that we now have in Jesus Christ does not give us the liberty, the right, or the excuse to be able to keep on sinning.
We should all still be doing our best to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord and staying out of any unacceptable sins.
And when we do find ourselves falling short or having a hard time in staying out of certain sinful activities, we now have the Holy Spirit Himself, who can now give us His divine power to be able to pull put of any heavier sins that we may have fallen into.
Bottom line – once we have become saved and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we should all do our best to allow God to start the sanctification process within us.
And once God the Father starts this sanctification process within each one of us, we should then do our best to live this life the way that He will want us to live it, not the way we or the world will want us to live it.
The Bible very clearly lays out all of the ways and commandments of our Lord, and exactly what He wants all of us to do, and exactly what He wants all of us to stay away from in this life.
We also have the Holy Spirit on the inside of each one of us whose job is to not only guide us and teach us in this life, but to also convict us when we do start to stray and get off into any sinful activities that the Lord will not want us engaging in.
Again, no one person will ever become the 4th person of the Holy Trinity. We will never become perfectly holy like God is, but we should still make every effort on our end to try and live good and righteous life before the Lord so that we can become well pleasing to Him, and so that He will then approve of the way that we have lived our lives down here and conducted ourselves among our fellow man.
Before I get into the actual Scripture verses on how God wants all of us to have a good and righteous walk with Him, here are two good definitions on what the word righteousness means from some of the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries:
- Without guilt before God, acting in accord with God’s laws
- Inherent or imputed guiltlessness before God
Now I will give you some very good verses from Scripture on the importance that we all try to do the best we can to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord once we have become saved and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The Scripture Verses
I will break these Scripture verses down under 4 separate captions so you can fully grasp what the Lord is trying to tell us on this topic. All of these verses mean exactly what they are saying and they do not need any kind of fancy interpretation.
1. Jesus Did Not Come to Destroy the Law – But to Fulfill It
This first verse I will now list will completely set the stage as far as the law is concerned and what God is expecting from all of us. Though the Bible says that we are no longer under the law, but under grace – this does not mean that we are to fully do away with all of God’s moral laws, which are His direct commandments to us on how we are to live in this life.
Granted, there are some laws back in the OT that would not apply in the kind of environment we are now living in. But many of what I call the basic moral laws are still in full play today such as all of the ten commandments, God’s laws on not engaging with anything having to do with the occult.
In the OT, they did not have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them. They thus did not have His power available to them in which to help them overcome some of the sins they were engaging in.
Now all NT believers have the Holy Spirit on the inside of them and they thus now have His divine power available to them in which to help them overcome the temptation to sin, or if by chance they have fallen into any type of bad sin, the power of the Holy Spirit to actually pull them out of it and set them free.
Here is this first very powerful verse direct from Jesus Christ Himself:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)
Notice that this is Jesus talking in the New Testament, not God the Father talking in the OT. Jesus is flat out telling us that He still wants all of us to still abide by His Father’s basic laws and commandments and that He will expect all of us to do so until “all is fulfilled” – which is when we will get the New Heaven and the New Earth after Jesus’ millennial rule has ended.
As you will see in the verses that I will list below, all of these basic moral laws and commandments from God the Father are all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection, as the Bible tells us that the wages of sin will be death.
As such, we should all do our best to try and abide by them and keep them as best we can, and when we do run into any problems with any specific sin areas, we have the Holy Spirit Himself to help us get victory over any specific sins that are starting to drag us down.
2. God Now Has His Basic Laws Written Into Man’s Hearts
Not only did God the Father lay out the basic laws and commandments that He wants all of us to live by, but He has even gone one step further. He now has His basic laws actually written into the hearts of men, along with causing their conscience to actually bear witness to all of it.
In other words, we all have God’s basic laws written into our hearts and we all know basic right from basic wrong when we are old enough to fully understand what it is all about.
This is why the unsaved sinner will have no excuse on his day of judgment with the Lord. He will know, without any shadow of a doubt, that all of his sins were wrong and that they were going against the will and ways of God. As a result, he will not be able to plead any type of ignorance on his day of judgment with the Lord.
Here are 6 very serious verses about God’s laws and why we are to take all of them very, very seriously in this life. The first verse is the one that will tell you that God the Father has His basic laws written into the hearts of men.
- “… who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness …” (Romans 2:15)
- “… I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7)
- “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
- “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” (John 15:22)
- “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live …” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
- “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
First notice that God has to give us His laws. If He does not tell us what He will be expecting from us, then we will not know for certain what real sin is.
But once we do have these laws from God, then we will know for certain what sin is and then He will expect all of us to stay away from it and abide by His commandments. That is why no one will have any type of excuse on their day of judgment with the Lord, as we will all know for certain what is wrong and sinful before the eyes of God.
The second last verse from Deuteronomy is another in-your-face type of verse. In this verse God is telling all of us how it is going to be in this life whether we like it or not.
Bottom line – God is setting before each one of us a choice to make in this life. Either we choose to follow God and His ways and commandments for our lives, or we choose to disobey Him, go our own way, and then end up reaping eventual death when it is all said and done.
In other words, it is either God’s way or the highway for each one of our lives. There are no middle or neutral grounds with the way this specific verse is being worded by the Lord.
The very last verse will then put the icing on this entire cake. This last verse seems to be talking about our salvation in the Lord. If it is, then the majority of people who have lived on this earth are not going to be making it into heaven.
We obviously will not know for sure what percentage of the human race is going to end up making it into heaven until we get there, but with the words in the last verse stating that “there are few who find it,” this leads me to believe that the majority of the human race is not going to end up making it into heaven when it is all said and done.
This last verse in particular has been one of the most bothersome and troubling in all of Scripture for me, as I cannot see how to interpret this verse any other way other than God is referring to our salvation in Him and what is awaiting all of us at the end of our lives.
God is flat out telling us that many people will be choosing the wide and broad way in this life, which is obviously a life of sin and going against the will and ways of God. The straight and narrow road represents the road that God wants all of us to travel on, which is the road of His perfect will and ways for our lives.
As we look out upon this world and all of the people we can see, we can easily see who is trying to travel on the straight and narrow road that God wants all of us to travel on, and those who are out there traveling on their own wide and broad roads.
The people who are traveling on their own wide and broad roads are out there doing anything and everything they want in the flesh, and they do not care who they end up hurting or running over in the process.
But sooner or later all of their wide and broad roads will eventually end, and then they will have to face God Almighty Himself for their own final judgments and final fate.
Again, this last verse could not be more scary, more alarming, and more in your face with how God wants us to live in this life. That is why I had the title of this article to read, “Living a Good and Righteous Life Before the Lord,” so you will know exactly how God wants all of us to live in this life and what He will be expecting from all of us as we journey through this life.
3. God Still Wants All of Us to Practice Righteousness
As you will see in the first verse I will list below, God still wants all of us to continue to practice righteousness in this life, even though we now have the righteousness of His Son Jesus already imputed on us.
And again, this verse is coming from the NT, showing once again that we still have to do the best we can in obeying all of God’s basic laws and commandments, which will include some of the basic laws and commandments that were back in the OT.
The rest of the verses will really drive home the point on how important it is that we all seek to walk in the ways of our Lord, and that trying to live a good, holy, and righteous life before the Lord will help bring us true “life” in this life.
Here are some very good verses on how powerful of a thing it can be for all of us if we try to live a good and righteous life before the Lord. Being good, holy, and righteous for the Lord may not be cool with the rest of the world, but it is definitely cool with the Lord – and that is what we will eventually be rewarded on once we enter into heaven and God then hands out His rewards based upon the good works we have done for Him down here, along with how we have lived our lives for Him.
- “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10)
- “In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” (Proverbs 12:28)
- “But to him who sows righteousness will be a sure reward. As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” (Proverbs 11:18-19)
- Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness … blessed is the man who does this … and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” (Isaiah 56:1-2)
- “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows righteousness.” (Proverbs 15:9)
- “The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin. He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses reproof goes astray.” (Proverbs 10:16-17)
- “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3)
- “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” (Proverbs 20:7)
- “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice.” (Proverbs 16:7-8)
- “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:33-34)
- “All unrighteousness is sin …” (1 John 5:17)
- “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)
- “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on … But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:14-19)
- “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:12)
- “Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.” (Proverbs 20:28)
Notice how many times the Bible says that righteousness will lead to “life”and that any kind of unrighteousness is actually considered sin in the eyes of God.
This means that real righteousness is all black and white. There is only God and the devil, heaven or hell, and good and evil when you really sum everything up.
It now becomes up to each person as to which side of the fence they are going to walk on in this life. Again, Joshua could not have said it any better when he said that you must choose this day who you will serve.
You will either decide to serve and follow God and follow His ways and live, or you will choose to follow yourself, other people, or the devil and eventually die.
There are no middle or neutral grounds as far as God is concerned.
God has made it as easy as He possibly could. But we only have one lifetime, and a very short lifetime at best, to make that one final and fateful decision which will then determine what the rest of our eternal life will be like once we die and cross over to the other side, which will either be heaven for the saved or hell for the unsaved.
All of these verses are short, quick-to-the-point, and very easy to understand. God simply wants all of us to walk in His righteous ways and again, when we start to run into trouble with certain types of sins, we have both Him and His Holy Spirit to help pull us out of any sins that He will not want us to be getting caught up in.
4. Keeping the Commandments of the Lord
Part of having a true righteous walk with the Lord is to make sure that we simply obey all of His basic laws and commandments as best we can. These next set of verses will really drive this point home.
Many in the world today want to scoff and make fun of the ways, laws, and commandments of our Lord. They want to be able to live in their flesh, doing anything they can that will feed their flesh.
They do not want to be told that adultery and other alternative forms of spirituality are not acceptable to the one and only living God.
As a result, they will either try and make up their own little gods to worship, or they will try and say that they are a god and an island all unto themselves and that they do not need to answer to any type of Higher Power.
This is all done so they can rationalize and explain away all of their sinful behaviors before the Lord.
Again, our Lord could not make things any more simpler and any more easier than with the way that He has everything set up.
All we have to do is accept the fact and reality that we are all fallen sinners and that we all need the shed blood of Jesus Christ to be able to receive eternal salvation from God the Father.
From there, we are to walk out the rest of our earthly life serving God in the divine destiny that He already has set up for our lives, along with trying to live a good and righteous life before Him.
But so many people still to this day cannot see this simple and obvious truth, or if they can, they are still refusing to be told that they have to serve anyone, even if it is God Almighty Himself.
Just as pride and major stupidity took out one third of the angelic race, I am afraid that same kind of pride and stupidity is going to be taking out a much larger percentage of the human race when it is all finally said and done.
Again, these next set of verses are really going to drive home the point that we fully appreciate the basic laws and commandments that God has set out for all of us.
These laws and commandments from the Lord will be telling us what is right and what is wrong in this life. They will act as a compass and a guide for us so we will know how to live and act in this life for the Lord.
These laws and commandments are again, all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection, for without them, we would just keep falling into one pit after another.
- Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him … “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:16-17)
- “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” (John 15:10)
- “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” (2 John 1:6)
- “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:2-3)
- “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 John 2:3)
- “For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” (Proverbs 6:23)
- “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.” (Proverbs 19:16)
- “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul.” (Proverbs 16:17)
- “My son, do not forget My law, but let your heart keep My commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.” (Proverbs 3:1)
- “Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 12:28)
- “My son, keep My words, and treasure My commands within you. Keep My commands and live, and My law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1-3)
- “Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” (Isaiah 48:18)
- “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.” (Psalm 119:92)
- “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.” (Psalm 81:13-14)
- “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
- “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of skekels of gold and silver.” (Psalm 119:71-72)
- “Open my eyes, that I may see the wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.” (Psalm 119:18-20)
- “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)
- “Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes … I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statues; I will not forget Your word.” (Psalm 119:10-16)
- “I will run in the way of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.” (Psalm 119:32-35)
- “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true ad righteous altogether, more to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)
- “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
When you read each one of these verses one right after the other, it is a real mouthful. God is simply trying to drive home the fact that we seek to obey all of His ways and all of His commandments. If we do, then note some of the incredible blessings that we can receive from the Lord:
- We will receive life
- We will keep and preserve our soul
- We can have a long life here on this earth
- Great peace will be given to us and it will be like a river
- It will go well with our children
- It will keep us from perishing
- God will subdue our enemies
- Our way will be made prosperous and we will have good success
- Our heart will be rejoiced
- Our eyes will be enlightened
- The law will warn us and keep us out of harm’s way
Again, all of God’s ways and commandments are all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection. These commandments are not meant to stunt our spiritual growth or steal our joy in the Lord.
They are all meant to increase our spiritual growth and increase our peace and joy in the Lord.
As earthly parents, one of the first things we will do with all of our children as they are starting to grow is to tell them what they can and cannot do in this life.
We know that if we do not give them fair warning ahead of time as to what they should be staying away from in this life, that we risk them getting seriously hurt, if not possibly killed.
We thus give them the basic commandments they are to abide by in this life so we can keep them safe and out of harm’s way.
It is the exact same way with God the Father. Except with God the Father, He has full knowledge on exactly what we should all be staying away from in this life since He has absolute perfect knowledge on all things.
As such, we should all listen very carefully to what God is trying to tell us in these basic commandments, as they are all being given to us for our own good and protection. God is not trying to hurt us or harm us with all of these basic commandments, He is trying to help us and protect us.
If you really want to see how important it is that we seek to obey all of God’s laws and commandments, just take your time and meditate on some of the above verses.
King David especially was able to see how important it was that he try and learn the ways of God so that he could continue to spiritually grow in Him. That is why some of the above verses are telling us that we will find true life in this life if we can learn how to live righteous lives before the Lord.
As I said at the top of this article, it is just heart-breaking and gut-wrenching to see so many people in this life choose with their own free wills to walk on the dark side of this life instead of the good and righteous side of this life.
Since God has given each man and each woman a full free will to make their own choices in this life, He really has no other alternative but to sit back and watch this horror show unfold with the people who will end up rejecting Him, His ways, and His message of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus.
To think that a good percentage of the human race is going to end up in the most horrible place imaginable when they die and cross over, when they could have easily chosen the Lord and His message of eternal salvation for them, is enough to break your heart into a million pieces.
I do not believe there is a day or an hour that goes go by where God and Jesus are not crying and weeping for the souls who are descending down into hell with no chance of ever being able to make it back out again.
God initially created all of these lost souls for Himself, and He now has to watch all of them choose with their own free wills to reject Him and His Son Jesus during the course of their earthly lives.
And then when they do die and cross over, He has no other alternative but to let them descend down into the pit of hell itself, as they now have to be held fully accountable for all of the horrible choices they have made in this life.
As Christians, we do not have to worry about this kind of horrible and final fate. We will all be given full entrance into heaven the minute we die and cross over.
But until that final and glorious event actually occurs with each one of us, we should all be doing our best to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord so that He will be well pleased with us when we do meet Him for our own personal judgments at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
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